La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris
La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris (2009)

One of America's most respected documentary filmmakers, Frederick Wiseman, presents a glimpse into the inner workings of a respected ballet company in 2009's La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet. Wiseman and his camera crew traveled to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 4, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 28, 2014
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

La Danse is an example of cinema at its most musical, an awe-inspiring celebration of body, mind and movement.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

A unique kind of magic: a documentary about the work in art that is itself a work of art.

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Robert Gottlieb
The New York Review of Books

. . .it's also highly self-indulgent, which means that it's also something of a drag-and that's something ballet should never be.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

What's missing is a sense of who the dancers are as people and it makes La Danse feel like it has missed some crucial steps.

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John R. Killacky
San Francisco Chronicle

La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet, Frederick Wiseman's astoundingly beautiful documentary, has sumptuous delights to satisfy every balletomane.

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

La danse is as good a way as any to discover the extraordinary combination of control, strength, precision, beauty and art that goes into creating ballet.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

It is an insider's look at the ballet, but one that only an insider will get the most out of.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Captures the fleeting beauty of ballet in dozens of miniature portraits, each quietly soaring. This movie just goes up there and stays there, and it's magical.

Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground

Yes it's long, but like the seven ballet productions it follows, La Danse prizes meticulous, exhaustive and downright entrancing precision...Indeed, La Danse is a film that makes you profoundly grateful documentaries exist.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Showed up in a very low key way on PBS without much of a word or wimper but I was quite happy to catch it even though the broadcast quality was poor. I'm… More